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  • TAIPEI, Feb 6- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co said some wafers made in Tainan have been damaged following Saturday's earthquake and that some customers may be affected.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 5- Florida will come to the market with $1.2 billion in revenue bonds on Feb. 8 issued by the State Board of Administration Finance Corporation, formerly known as the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. Standard& Poor's Rating Agency raised the credit's rating on the bonds to AA from AA- based in part on the consistent growth in the assessment...

  • An aerial view of Sakurajima taken in August 2015

    A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • INSIGHT-Drought tests a changed Ethiopia Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 4:00 AM ET

    *Ethiopia's ambitions challenged, at least in short term. FEDETO/ ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan 31- On a treeless plain in eastern Ethiopia, thousands of destitute pastoralists have set up camp outside the tiny village of Fedeto. Ethiopia's failed rains, which meteorologists blame on the El Nino weather phenomenon, have created a drought in some areas of the country...

  • *Wild weather across Australia kills one. *Tasmania fires burn through 72,000 hectares, floods threaten communities. PERTH, Jan 31- A tropical cyclone that crossed Australia's northwest coast early on Sunday weakened, although several small inland communities were on red alert and the risk of heavy swells, flooding and storm surges remained.

  • TOKYO— Japan on Friday restarted a nuclear reactor that uses riskier plutonium-based MOX fuel, the first of that type to resume operations under stricter safety rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The No. 3 reactor at Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan, operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., went back online Friday. Fukui has more than a...

  • SAN JUAN Y MARTINEZ, Cuba, Jan 28- Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba's tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island's supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States. The weather phenomena El Niño led to Cuba's worst drought in a century in 2015, followed...

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— A Hungarian court on Thursday acquitted 15 employees of a company whose burst reservoir in 2010 flooded three towns with toxic red sludge, killing 10 people. A court in the city of Veszprem said the spill, Hungary's worst environmental disaster, had been caused by the collapse of a reservoir wall due to "loss of stability originating in the...

  • *About 14 million people facing hunger in southern Africa. *Villagers sell cattle for $50 versus $400 in good times. MAFOMOTI, Zimbabwe, Jan 26- In the dusty village of Mafomoti, southern Zimbabwe, farmers have already lost cattle and crops in the severest drought to hit the nation in a quarter of a century.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Damages from two destructive Northern California wildfires that killed six and sent thousands fleeing their homes topped $1 billion in insured losses, according to a preliminary estimate by the state's insurance department. The preliminary figure announced Monday includes $700 million from a fire centered largely in Lake County that...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 24- With a blizzard hammering the East Coast, Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant" topped a subdued U.S. box office with $16 million at 3,711 locations this weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Winter Storm Jonas shut down theaters Saturday in New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, cutting the nation's overall moviegoing for...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 24- With a blizzard hammering the East Coast, Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant" topped a subdued U.S. box office with $16 million at 3,711 locations this weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Winter Storm Jonas shut down theaters Saturday in New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, cutting the nation's overall moviegoing for...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. It ranked No. 3 in terms of snowfall accumulation in New York City history with at least 25.1 inches, and was among Washington's...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A monster blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday as it barreled into New York City, forcing the closure of all bridges and tunnels into the largest U.S. city and prompting a travel ban on area highways. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina,...

  • *Record tides cause major flooding in New Jersey, Delaware. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A monster blizzard that has paralyzed the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday afternoon as it barreled into New York City, prompting a travel ban on area highways as high winds whipped up record-setting tides in New Jersey and Delaware. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 13- India's cabinet has cleared the launch of the country's first major crop damage insurance scheme from the next fiscal year, a move that would further strain government finances but help Prime Minister Narendra Modi to woo rural voters ahead of key elections. Modi is trying to placate rural voters after the impact of unseasonal rains and two...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 12- Indonesian energy company Lapindo Brantas plans to resume drilling for gas near the site of a mud volcano, its CEO said, referring to a disaster that some scientists say it helped to create around 10 years ago. The Sidoarjo mud volcano, which started erupting in May 2006 near Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya, inundated 12 villages and...

  • Azeri oil disaster an open wound for survivors Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 | 2:00 AM ET

    BAKU, Jan 12- For the survivors of a lifeboat which hung between a blazing oil rig and 10- metre waves on a wind-lashed sea, the horror lives on while the search for the comrades they saw die is not complete. A fire still burns from the worst ever accident in Azerbaijan's oil industry. An enquiry continues on the Dec. 4 disaster which took around 30 lives when a 27- hour...

  • Relief for BHP in Brazil dam disaster probe Friday, 8 Jan 2016 | 5:50 AM ET

    A smaller amount of mining waste was released during the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil than previously thought, BHP Billiton has said.